I am committed to building a South Africa that is spatially transformed from its Apartheid history and legacy. I want to build a South Africa that is spatially, socially, economically and environmentally just.
I believe that achieving a just and equitable South Africa starts with addressing our history of linking race and space. Achieving a socially and economically equitable and inclusive South Africa requires us to address the question of spatial justice.
Social, economic and environmental justice cannot be achieved without addressing the very foundation of the Apartheid policy: That people needed to be separated according to their race. This policy resulted in black, coloured and Indian South Africans being forcefully removed from their homes and dumped in racially exclusive townships far removed from jobs, services and amenities that white South Africans enjoyed and took for granted. The legacy of depriving South Africans of their homes, or denying some South Africans the right to even own a home, is evident in our South African democracy today.
In fact, successive democratic South African governments have perpetuated and entrenched this exclusion, and urban sprawl, through the development of poorly located public housing.
I want to see a South Africa that embraces a simple truth: Where people live matters!